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January 2017

IN THIS ISSUE pg 2 :: Renewing Members pg 3 :: Meeting :: New Resident pg 4 :: Annual Awards & Auction pg 6 :: Member Events pg 6 :: Meet & Greet pg 9 :: Community Directory pg 10 :: Member News pg 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE January 11 :: Wednesday Ambassador Committee Meeting Affton Chamber office 10:00 am January 12 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting America’s Incredible Pizza Co. 11:15 am-1:00 pm January 18 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber office 9:00 am January 18 :: Wednesday Ribbon Cutting Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agcy 12 noon January 19 :: Thursday Meet & Greet the new Fire Chief Affton Fire Protection District 8-9 am January 21 :: Saturday Annual Auction & Awards Dinner Gala MISSION STATEMENT The Affton Chamber of Commerce exists to support the business and general interests of the greater Affton area, and to provide opportunities to network, advertise, and educate its member businesses.

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are November 21-December 20.

John Remelius (2011) Pat Riordan (2014) A T & T (1979) Affton Athletic Association (1977) Affton Fire Protection District (1984) Affton School District (1973) Affton School Parents Club (1974) Affton White-Rodgers Community Center (1998) All Family Care (2009) Ameren Missouri (2011) Arina's Alteration and Tailor Shop (2003) Beishir Landscape Maintenance, Inc. (2012) Bethesda Health Group (2015) C.E.S. Pest & Termite Control, Inc. (2000) Callahan's Tuxedo, Alterations & Travel Co. (2010) Carondelet Park Rec Plex (2008) Casey Electric (1995) Center St. Louis (2014) Collaboratech (2007) Cor Jesu Academy (2003) Cotton's Ace Hardware of Affton (2010) Crestview Senior Living (2008) Deca Realty Co. Inc. (1994) Desktop Graphics (2015) Donelson Cycles Inc. (1971) Eagle Bank & Trust Company (2005) Eberhart Pharmacy (2005) Evren Senol of RE/MAX Results (2009) Extra Space Storage (2000) F2 Garage Door Solutions, LLC (2008) Federhofer's Bakery (1975) Fortel's Pizza Den (1983) Green Park Senior Living Community (2000) Heartland Industries, Inc. (1977)

Insurance Concepts (1996) Key Rex Properties (2016) Lampe Graphics L.L.C. (2001) Lots of Curb Appeal, LLC (2002) Lutheran High School South (2005) Massage Envy Spa (2013) MB Health (2013) McDonalds--Mackenzie Pointe (2001) Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy (1991) Merx Flooring, LLC (2003) Mops in Motion, Inc. (2002) Oasis Digital Solutions, Inc. (2015) Pasta House Co. (1983) Petsway (2014) Phoenix Potteries (2000) Plumbing Engineers, Inc. (2010) Record Printing & Publishing (2004) Saint Anthony's Family Health Partners (2010) Saint Anthony's Medical Center (1991) Saint Louis Carpenters J.A.P. (2003) Saint Mark Catholic Church (2009) Sam's Club #8205 (2005) Simon Says Early Childhood Center (1999) Southview Assisted Living (2011) St. Louis Altenheim (2015) State Farm Insurance-Luechtefeld (2001) State Farm Insurance-Tessereau (2013) STL Auto Care (2013) Traffic Safety, Inc. (2000) Unique Journeys, LLC (2009) Will Electronics, Inc. (2004) Wilmington Clinic (2008) Zisser Tire & Auto (2000)

2017 PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM The 50/50 amount of $64 was won by Jake Baretich of J & J Construction & Remodeling. He generously donated it to the Helping Hands Fund. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.


Thank you to our newest partner: Friendship Village Sunset Hills Thank you to our renewing partner: American Eagle Credit Union

Interested in this enhancement to your membership? Contact the office!

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

January Membership Meeting Installation of 2017 Board of Directors & Officers Networking and Table Introductions Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch America’s Incredible Pizza Company 5254 S. Lindbergh, 63126 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, January 6

meeting sponsor

Wednesday, January 18 12:00 Noon Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency 9335 Gravois, Suite C (in Affton Plaza) Light refreshments follow. RSVP at afftonchamber.com to help our host plan.

Our Condolences to

Welcome New Residents Restaurants | Churches | Financial Institutions Service-Based Businesses or any member trying to reach new customers: You provide 200 half-page inserts & $40 and we do the rest! New Resident Mailing is sent quarterly to new homeowners in 63123 welcoming them to our area.

Paul Adrignola of Record Printing & Publishing on the passing of his mother.

Drop off 200 half-page* inserts & $40 by 1 pm on Friday, January 13.

Carrie Carrigan of Great Southern Bank on the passing of her father-in-law.

*Have so much to tell new Affton residents that you need a full sheet? Simply double the price ($80) and fold the sheets (in half or tri-fold)!

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver…American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business



PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center, Morris Family Chiropractic, SSM Health Center-St. Clare, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

PARTNERS Committed...Burns Auto Service, Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique


Meet the new Chief, Nick Fahs! Thursday, January 19 8-9 am Affton Fire Protection District 9282 Gravois RSVP at afftonchamber.com

Submit your event to our Community Calendar in the Member’s Area by the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Affton High School Class of 2017 Trivia Night Saturday, January 14 6:30-10:30 PM Andre’s South Banquet Center (4254 Telegraph) $25/person, 8 per table, includes open full bar & dinner buffet. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Deadline for reservations is January 6. Please make checks payable to Affton High School and mail to Kathy Vogt, 9251 Southview Ln., St. Louis, MO 63123. Contact Sandi LaManna for more information at 314.631.7510.

Chief Nick Fahs was with the Mehlville Fire Protection District for the past 28 years, serving the last 15 years as captain. He was previously a firefighter/paramedic with the Berkeley Fire Department, and a paramedic with the Normandy Hospital Ambulance Service. The Chief and his wife are longtime South County residents. He graduated from Affton High School and the St. Louis County Fire Academy. They have two adult sons and a granddaughter.

Souper Bowl for Hunger Friday, February 3 5-8 PM Bayless Elementary School Cafeteria $5 or 5 cans. Benefits Affton Christian Food Pantry.

Focus on Growing Your Business………       

Contact one of our highly qualified CPA’s Joe, Diane, or Dave, at 314-849-7555 to find out how we can help you keep what you reap. 6

Payroll Rent a CFO ℠ Full outsource accounting QuickBooks review Financial Statements Bill paying Tax planning & compliance

9109 Watson Rd, Ste 300 ▪ St. Louis MO 63126 314-849-7555 ▪ diane@eacfo.com

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Sponsored by:

Santa Claus (Rich Whited) and the Chiefs

Chief Fritz celebrating with First Responders

Photos © CindysPhoto.com

Chief Nick Fahs

Mr. Chris Stocker

Mr. Frank Vatterott

Chief Jim Fritz with his family: daughter Stephanie, wife Linda, and son Peter.

with State Rep. Bob Burns & State Senator Scott Sifton

with County Councilmen Kevin O’Leary & Pat Dolan

with Linda Henry from the County Executive’s office

Photos © CindysPhoto.com

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver…American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business


Tips For Driving Small Business Success With Strengths-Based Leadership You may be familiar with Gallup’s international bestseller, “Strengthfinder 2.0,” which has been helping professionals not only identify their strengths in the workplace but also how to further develop them. Not surprising, Gallup scientists have also been studying leadership and how a strengths-based approach to management can fuel the success of businesses. “The data shows that organizations that work from a strength of their people are more profitable, productive, and have a higher level of employee engagement,” explains SCORE Mentor Jan Makela, who recently completed a Gallup Strengths coaching course. How might you approach managing your small business with a strengths-based approach? Here are five simple, practical tips from Makela to get you started: 1. Know your own top five dominate strengths (i.e., the themes that are your natural strengths). Focus on growing and getting better at what you already do well. 2. Don’t focus on what are not your strengths. But learn how to minimize your weaknesses by using your strengths to overcome areas that are not naturally strengths for you. 3. Realize your talents give you a unique and powerful edge. The wonderful thing about talents is that they hold great potential for us. It is through our talents that we tap into our greatest potential for success. 4. Learn to recognize the formula for a strength: Skill + Knowledge + Experience (also known as Talent Xs) = Strength 5. Don’t try to fix your own weaknesses—or those of others. It can’t be done. Prove it to yourself: Rewrite this sentence three times with your non-dominant hand. How does it look, and how easy was it to do? Compare it to your dominant hand. See the difference? Focus and grow your strengths. Transitioning your leadership style to one that recognizes and nurtures strengths may require a shift in thinking and some extra work in the beginning. But the more you practice it and see positive results, the more natural a part of your company’s culture it will become. “You grow people from their strengths not from their weaknesses,” says Makela, “So find out what your employees’ strengths are and what they do best. Given the opportunity to excel, they will exceed your expectations.” You’ll find a wealth of small business-related information, resources, and training, plus free, confidential counseling from more than 11,000 business experts. For more information about contacting a mentor or volunteering contact Bob Boles, The SCORE Association - Chapter 21 at 636.394.6715 or visit stlouis.score.org.


PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center, Morris Family Chiropractic, SSM Health Center-St. Clare, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

2017-2018 COMMUNITY DIRECTORY print & digital editions help you connect with local residents, businesses & organizations copies mailed directly to local residents

Verification form & participation details were mailed in December. Please review & return by January 31! As an Affton Chamber member, you will: Receive a four-line listing in the category of your choosing (plus option to enhance with additional lines and/or categories) Have the opportunity to place a Display Ad (begin at only $175) First 8 PAID Full Page Advertisers are featured on the cover.


one luncheon attendee | 3-5 minute “commercial� at meeting exclusive rights to attendee tables | recognition on all promotional materials

May June July November December Call the Chamber office if you're interested!

10% Discount to Affton Chamber Members

PARTNERS Committed...Burns Auto Service, Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique


If you have hired someone, received an award, or added to your family, send it to mandy@afftonchamber.com by the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Lindbergh Schools has been crowned the top district in Missouri by StartClass, an education research website powered by Graphiq. They used data from 2014-2015 school year, including graduation rates, test scores, and student-teacher ratios, to determine the highest performing school district in each state.

 Bethesda Health Group for delivering an apple pie

for the office. Thanks Lee & Jeff!

 Express Employment Professionals for a 2017

personalized calendar!

 America’s Incredible Pizza Company for inviting

the staff to a VIP Night Grand Opening for their new attractions!  J & J Construction & Remodeling for hanging the

Christmas lights on the office building!

Thanks to everyone who wrapped, donated and volunteered this year for our "Helping Hand" Families. With your generosity, we were able to assist nine families! Every family was overwhelmed with our community's generosity! ABC Animal & Insect Innovations; Bommarito South Finance Group; Marty Carr, DECA Realty; Carrie & John Carrigan; Charlie & Neita Heinzmann; Church at Affton; Diane Boyer; Stacy Cabanas, First Bank; Harster Heating & Cooling; J&J Construction & Remodeling; Ed Jardon, Jardon Acctg & Tax Service; John G’Sell, DDS; KidStreet Daycare & Learning Center; Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring; Pam Hollrah; Rebecca Parisotto & Friends; Record Printing & Publishing; State Farm Insurance, Tammy Luechtefeld; State Representative Bob Burns, 93rd District; The E&A CFO Group

Bayless Pack 66 Webelos toured the Affton Chamber office and visited with State Representative Bob Burns on November 29. They are working on the “Building a Better World” badge by meeting with a government leader to discuss their job and talk about issues facing the community.

 Everyone that send the office a holiday card!

December Meeting  Sponsor All Family Care.  Delicious lunch at Royale Orleans Banquet Center  Greeters Kayla Lackner, American Eagle Credit

Union; Dr. Eric Werner, Morris Family Chiropractic.  Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services for

greeting attendees as Santa Claus!


MEMBER DOOR STATIC CLINGS 300 static clings | 5¼” wide x 3¼” tall white background | full color imprint Email bid to lisa@afftonchamber.com by January 13.

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

to the 2017 Board of Directors Michael Bamvakais

Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC Jake Baretich

J & J Construction & Remodeling Rich Whited

PenTech Computer Services

Tuesday, April 12, 2017 3:30 - 6:00 pm Affton High School

Shop Chamber Members! To take advantage of the following discounts, take along your newsletter as proof of membership or stop by the Chamber office to pick up a card showing you are a current member. Add your company to this list!!! A Plus Printing Services—10% discount on printing & copying. Ad Source One—10% discount. Crown Optical—10% off all eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses & accessories. Not valid with insurance or other discount plans. The E & A CFO Group—One month free payroll or other accounting service with 1 year commitment. Call for free quote. Extra Space Storage—Receive 5% off your monthly rent. Ask Patrick for details. F2 Garage Door Solutions—Free Installation with Purchase of Garage Armour Security Kit ($35.00 value). Fran Ann Engraving—10% off purchase from store. John G’Sell DDS—10% discount off services. Gateway Alarm, Inc.—Receive 3 months free monitoring with a new system. Gateway Tree Care—10% off services. Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique—10% discount off services. Infinity Hair Design—15% OFF your first precision haircut or color. Mehlville-Oakville Alumni Assoc—$5 discount (regularly $15) for Alumni by Choice Membership for non-alumni owned businesses Mops in Motion, Inc.—$10 discount on cleaning service of 3 hours or more. Morris Family Chiropractic—Meet the Doctor “Special”: New Patient Free Services: Consultation, Exam & Report of Findings. Park Forest Apartments—Application fee waived and 13 month lease with 1 month free. Pauline’s Place Adult Day Care, LLC—Any enrolled senior family member who is admitted for a year will receive a $10 discount with private pay attendance of 6 or more Monday to Friday hours. Ziegenhein Funeral Home—FREE METAL CASKET with "traditional" funeral service for US Veteran or paid pre-need funeral contract If you would like to see your business in this monthly column, simply offer a discount by WRITING OUT the discount and emailing or faxing it to the Chamber office. Your dues must be current.


Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 am

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Tapawingo National Golf Club

Funding is still available! Eligibility Requirements: 

Business is located on Gravois Road between Musick Road & St. Louis City limits.

Project is for improvements to the exterior of the building and/or landscape.

Business has not already received funding from this Grant.

If you’re interested in receiving more information, please contact the Chamber office.

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver…American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business


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AFFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123-5424



Officers President

To advertise in this newsletter, contact or submit your camera-ready artwork to:

Affton Chamber of Commerce 314.631.3100 info@afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123 Business Card - starting at $30 Quarter Page - starting at $50 Half Page - starting at $75 Full Page - starting at $450 Flyer Insert - $100/month E-Blast to Members $25 12

Dr. Eric Werner Morris Family Chiropractic President-Elect Dr. Steve Brotherton Affton School District Vice-President Trevor Willingham Willingham Insurance Agency Secretary Kayla Lackner American Eagle Credit Union Treasurer Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance Directors Michael Bamvakais Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC Jake Baretich J & J Construction & Remodeling Keith Brooks Sharpshooters Pit & Grill Marty Carr Deca Realty Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank Patricia Cowan Rainmaker Sales Support Capt. Jeff Fuesting St. Louis County Police-Affton Charlie Merx Merx Flooring Rich Whited PenTech Computer Services Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery

Executive Director Office Assistant

Affton Chamber of Commerce 24rd Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:30 pm Doors Open 6:30 pm Dinner Buffet

Genesis Banquet Center 2651 Telegraph Road Saint Louis, Missouri 63125 Presenting Sponsor

Kindly Respond by January 9, 2018 Name(s):

Tables of 8 or 10 available.

_______Reservations at $40 each = $________ Credit Card Number Exp Date____________________ Name on Card Billing Address & Zip Signature

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2017-2018 Community Directory Update Your Business Listing & Reserve Your Display Ad “Shop Affton Chamber First”

Included In Your Membership—Community Directory Listing Affton Chamber of Commerce Members receive a Four-Line Listing in the 2017-2018 Community Directory

2017-2018 EDITION 7,500 printed

Company Name Phone Number Contact Name Address, Zip Code If you need to update your information, please email lisa@afftonchamber.com. Listings in additional categories and additional lines are available for an additional fee. Maximum character count is 40 per line.

mailed directly to select local residents mailed quarterly to new 63123 residents available at libraries, financial institutions & businesses available digitally

Advertising Opportunities Choose (and indicate) from following ad sizes

SIZE (w x h)

□ Outside Back Cover * SOLD ................................................ A (4.84 wide x 7.75 height) □ Inside Front Cover *......................................................... A (4.84 wide x 7.75 height) □ Inside Back Cover *........................................................................ A (4.84 wide x 7.75 height) □ Full Single Page * ............................................................................. B (4.84 wide x 7.75 height) □ One-Half Page .................................................................................. C (4.84 wide x 3.5 height) □ One-Fourth Page (business card size)............................................... D (4.84 wide x 2.0 height) □ Centerfold (2 full pages, black & white) ............. ............................ AA (10.25 wide x 7.75 height)

$750.00 (full color) $650.00 $550.00 $450.00 $325.00 $175.00 $800.00

* First 8 paid full page advertisers will be featured on the front cover □ Electronic artwork will be submitted. Acceptable files include JPEG, PNG, in 300 dpi or higher. Publication will be printed in Black & White. □ Please help me with my company ad. For design help, please contact the Chamber 314-631-3100. Most ads will be $30 and include a proof emailed to you for approval.

Finalize Mail/E-Mail Before Deadline—Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Please total your selected advertising options from above and indicate accordingly in spaces provided

Make Checks Payable to

Affton Chamber A) Additional Category Listing ($20 each category)……………………………………………$___________ of Commerce B) Enhanced Line Listing ($10/per line)……………………………………………………………..$___________ C) Ad price…………………………………………………………………………………………………………$___________ D) Additional Fee for Basic Ad/typesetting……………………………………………………… $___________ Total Due: ___________

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